The wackiest item in George Petrie’s first football equipment order? Morrill’s Nose Mask (patented), a fine rubber, schnoz-protecting apparatus straight out of Silence Of The Lambs.
Among the mask’s selling points listed in Peck and Snyder Sporting Goods catalog were the lack of metal or wires in its construction, it posing no risk to other players, and its “absolute protection” for the nose and teeth. They weren’t required, and by no means did every Auburn player wear one. But some did, even in team photos. Here’s John Heisman’s first Auburn squad in 1896.
Catalog scan provided by David Adkison via Brett Lowman at PlayOKAntiques.com.
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